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Jade is quiet and reserved, but she is also kind-hearted and smart. She will always help those in need and gives what little she has. There was one instance when she saw an intoxicated man passed out in the snow by a grocery store. She insisted that we tend to him. The police were called and the store staff was notified, but she refused to let us leave. She took a blanket from the vehicle and draped it over him, and then asked to me stay with him until help arrived. We stayed by that man’s side until an ambulance arrived one hour later. Jade then thanked me for helping her save that man from freezing to death. She stated, “Mom, that is probably somebody’s dad, uncle, or brother.” Jade is family-oriented, she loves to sing, draw, paint, and read. She is also an animal lover, she has four pets at home that she tends to with love, and those pets are all very much attached to her.

We chose SMIS because her previous school had smaller student-to-teacher ratios, and she wanted to continue with that at SMIS. I like that the teachers always go above and beyond to help her when she struggles. And as a parent that builds my confidence that she is getting the best education possible. My child is in her second year of choir, which she loves. It has helped to build up confidence in herself, and seeing her enjoying what she does makes me happy. She’s joined the cheerleading team, and at SMIS I noticed they are unlike other schools. Her teammates understand that each girl is unique, and they build their team up with each girl’s strengths rather than trying to mold them into a cookie-cutter type. There is no shaming, no bullying, and there is no belief that one group of peers is above another. They treat each other with respect and are kind to one another which are virtues that I want my child to grow up with.

I have noticed that my child’s confidence in herself has risen drastically. Her grades are much better than they were at her previous school, and she enjoys the work that she is given. Although she is quiet, and rarely speaks to others, she is excited to attend school and class every day. And as a parent, you could not ask for anything more.

“Her grades are much better than they were at her previous school, and she enjoys the work that she is given. Although she is quiet, and rarely speaks to others, she is excited to attend school and class every day. And as a parent you could not ask for anything more.”

I believe that all families should be given the chance to allow their children to attend SMIS. The student-to-teacher ratio is smaller, which means your child gets the one on one attention that they need. They have sports and clubs, and they never allow any child to feel left out. Although our family is not very religious, they never make us feel unwanted, nor do they push their religion onto us. Instead, they teach their students the history of their school, the saints and people of importance to their school, and they teach them why that history is important.

School choice means that my child is given the best possible education that this school has to offer. With teachers that care deeply for their students and their futures. It means that I know my child will graduate with all the tools necessary to succeed in the world and become an asset to our community.

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